Turkey's intel chief to testify in terror case: prosecutor
ARDA AKIN ISTANBUL - Hürriyet
Hakan Fidan. DHA photoChief of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MİT) is set to testify tomorrow in the ongoing case into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an Istanbul prosecutor said today.
Acting specially authorized prosecutor Fikret Seçen confirmed that MİT chief Hakan Fidan was invited to testify in the KCK case, but it was not initially clear whether Fidan was a suspect in the case.
Seçen said Fidan was invited with a phone call by prosecutor Sadrettin Sarıkay, who is carrying out the investigation in the KCK case.
Fidan's predecessor, former MİT Undersecretary Emre Taner, and his assistant, Afet Güneş, were also requested to testify.
The KCK is the alleged urban wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
Fidan was known for secretly holding talks with PKK representatives in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
Istanbul Public Prosecutor Turan Çolakkadı had said yesterday that he had no knowledge of such a request.
Çolakkadı had said a prosecutor would have informed the public prosecutor in case of such an
incident, but he was not notified of a request for testimony. "If he [MİT chief Hakan Fidan]
was called in, it was done without my information," he had said. When asked if a prosecutor could
have requested Fidan's testimony without his consent, Çolakkadı had replied "it depends on
whether the prosecutor deemed the incident important enough to notify me."